The Galen medal was instituted by the Society in 1925 for valuable services or contributions rendered to the science of therapeutics. It is awarded on a broad basis, therapeutics being understood to encompass the whole spectrum of the art of healing, from preventative medicine to surgical intervention. The recipient of the medal in 2017 was Professor Dame Anne Mills of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a renowned expert on the financing and organisation of health care in low and middle income countries, the economics of tropical disease control (especially malaria) and in the general issues of the use of economic thinking and analysis in decision making. She received her medal from the Master at a ceremony at the Hall on 16th May, the citation being read by Dr Tim Healing.
At the same ceremony, Professor Alasdair MacLullich of the University of Edinburgh received the William Farr medal which is awarded annually to medical practitioners who have made a significant contribution to the management of illness in elderly people. His work on geriatric medicine has greatly advanced our understanding of dementia and delirium. The citation for Professor MacLullich was read by Dr Elizabeth Harper.
The Galen dinner was held in the Hall after the awards ceremony, a splendid occasion attended by more than 130 liverymen and guests.
(Left-right) Professor Dame Anne Mills & Dr Derek Adams (Master)
(Left-right) Dr Elizabeth Harper, Professor Alasdair MacLullich
& Dr Derek Adams ( Master)
Honoured guests below!